Thursday, August 20, 2015

Grad Makeup 101

The day you had been waiting for finally came after countless days of thesis counseling and sleepless nights of doing revisions. Next thing you knew… you passed THE thesis defense! Yeay! Still, there’s one more thing to do that’s as important as preparing for your thesis defense day. It’s preparing for your graduation day. Especially for girls, you know you have a long to-do list to be ticked that includes choosing your kebaya, buying heels that hopefully won’t make your toes sore, booking an appointment with your hair/hijab stylist, and most importantly is deciding what makeup to wear on that big day. Why is it so important? Trust me, you want to look and feel your best on that very day when you’ll be throwing your graduation cap into the air. Keep on reading if you want to know some useful tips in the hope of preventing the disastrous mistake you know you’ll want to avoid. 
Tip numero uno, wear a makeup look that you know you’ll feel comfortable with. Something like an amped up version of your regular makeup. Don’t try something out of your comfort zone that you haven’t worn before. For instance, if you have never sported a bold fiery red pout then don’t wear it on your graduation day. If you are used to wearing a nude lip, then just slap your favorite lipstick and add some gloss to glam it up a bit. You don’t want to feel uneasy for the rest of the day with whatever makeup it is you’re wearing.
Having a hard time in deciding what kind of look you’d like to wear? A good tip is to go for a classic, timeless look that never goes wrong. Heavily sculpted cheeks and thick bushy brows and are on today’s trends, but maybe not for 20-30 years later. Don’t make your grandchildren laugh at your makeup look when they see your graduation photos. You don’t want to embarrass yourself in front of them, do you?
If your graduation ceremony will be held indoor and you want to take photos indoor as well, avoid using foundations and powders that contain high SPF or you’ll get a flashback effect. It is when you look like a ghost when you get your picture taken using flash. Why? It’s because the primary ingredient in most products with SPF is titanium dioxide, a chemical formula that reflects sun rays. So, if you don’t want to look like Casper in your photos, use products that contain low or no SPF. But, for those of you who’ll be taking pictures in broad daylight, you better use products with SPF to prevent UV rays from messing around with your skin. (For more details about how titanium dioxide works, Google it. I’m not a chemist. LAZY).
It is essential to use primers before doing your makeup. A good face primer and eye primer will help prolong the wear time of your makeup. Once your makeup is done, spray your face with a makeup setting spray to lock everything in place.
After your makeup is done, make sure to prepare your own ‘emergency’ kit in case you need to reapply or touch up your makeup. Just grab your lipstick, concealer, and compact powder and throw them into your purse. No, you don’t need to carry your entire vanity. You can also throw in your hand fan in case things get sweaty, bobby pins, and pocket tissue.
Last but not least, enjoy your big day. Take lots and lots of pictures with your dearest friends and families. Cherish every second on that day. Because tomorrow you’ll turn the page and enter ‘Chapter Grown-Up’ with series of challenging adventures, responsibilities, and other serious stuffs. But that’s fine as long as you remember to have fun!

Congratulations for surviving college. Vivat academia!

PS. Have you got your pendamping wisuda already? 


  1. Andai gw baca post ini sebelum gw wisuda dulu 😌

    1. Hehehehehe iyaa Mbak pengen ngulang wisuda lagi yaa